Report: Everton make contact with Lille manager Christophe Galtier, prepared to offer big salary
Everton are ready to gazump Nice’s offer to Christophe Galtier and make the Lille head coach their new manager, according to BeFoot.
The French news outlet claims Everton have already started discussions with Galtier’s representatives in a bid to steal him from under the noses of Nice, who already have an agreement in principle with him.
The 54-year-old, who fended off big-hitters PSG to lead Lille to a stunning Ligue 1 success last season, is still under contract at the newly-crowned champions, though their perilous financial situation has placed his future under huge doubts, as well as his players.
As per BeFoot’s report, the Blues are prepared to gazump Nice and offer a higher salary than the Riviera club, who have themselves tabled a “substantial” offer to Galtier.
The Premier League side, though, are said to be “very interested” in Galtier as they eye Carlo Ancelotti’s successor.
Football moves fast
This is a name that has only recently emerged as a viable option, and events look to have moved at pace if this report is to be believed.
The signs have been there for a long time that Galtier was going to end up at Nice, but it would appear that not everything is in place yet, and there is still the possibility that he may end up elsewhere.
Our view? Get him.
This is a manager that has proven himself time and time again in France. Of course the accusation may be that he has not managed in other leagues, but his CV is impressive nonetheless.
What’s even better is it shows the longevity that he can bring to the job. Before he joined Lille in 2017, he was at St Etienne for eight years, a pretty incredible achievement by modern standards.
He edged out moneybags PSG in the 2020/21 campaign to pick up his third Ligue 1 manager of the year award, one of which was actually shared with ex-Blues boss Ancelotti in 2012/13.
Galtier is someone that has got us excited, much more so than most of the mooted managerial candidates.
Do the deed, Moshiri.